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Camino Sanabrés

Sanabres Way | Camino de Santiago

The Sanabrés Way or Camino Sanabrés, also known as the Mozarabic Way, is one of the two branches of the Silver Route at Zamora, leading directly to Santiago.

  • Avoids the crowded French Way during summer.
  • Goes through lots of Roman roads used by pilgrims from ancient cultures.
  • Shortcut to reach Galicia from Zamora.
  • Two possible routes to get to Santiago once you arrive in Galicia.

Total distance: 369km

Weather

  • Summer – very warm (between 25° to 30° June-Aug)
  • Fall – warm (between 16° to 22° Sep-Nov)
  • Winter – cool (from 5° to 13°)
  • Spring – warm (average 15° to 19° March-May)

Suitable for cyclists: Yes.

Camino Sanabres

The Sanabrés Way or Camino Sanabrés is also known as Mozarabic Way. It is a route that goes through lots of old Roman roads used by many different cultures such as Celts, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, and also Christian pilgrims to reach Santiago de Compostela. Historically, it went parallel to Vía de la Plata, which was the road that linked the South with Santiago. In Zamora, lots of pilgrims decided to go through this way to avoid going through Astorga so they arrived at Galicia through Ourense. The first pilgrim was Bernardo de Aldrete who was a writer of the 17 century that decide to go from Cordoba to Zamora and then go to Santiago de Compostela; there are lots of documents about this pilgrimage that we currently have. But there are also other people who did the same way crossing the different kingdoms of the territory, among them we can highlight: Alfonso IX of León, Philip I of Castile (Philip the Handsome) or even Ferdinand II of Aragon (Ferdinand the Catholic). Philip I and Ferdinand II meet at Puebla de Sanabria.

About the Sanabres Route

This way starts at Granja de la Moreruela, in Zamora, where the Cistercian order built their first monastery in the Iberian Peninsula. Previously, this village was known as Santiago de Moreruela that proves its link with St James. Not just faithful people walked through this route, also travelers and traders used this route to link some outlying areas such as the center of the peninsula with Northern Spain. It was also used as cañada real (a way used by shepherds and their cattle) and merchant’s route, highlighting the ones known as “reals” that were the ones chosen by Galician farmers to go to Castilla in the cutting time. This is the reason why next to it there are lots of hospitals and hostels and also temples and monasteries.

Why choosing the Sanabrés Way

There are two possible routes to get to Santiago once we arrive at Galicia. The shortest goes through A Gudiña and Laza, and the other one goes through Verín and is a little bit longer, more appropriate for riders because it goes mainly on a national road. The last option allows the pilgrim to link their way to the interior route of the Portuguese Way, in Chaves. It is well indicated.

Stages of the Camino Sanabrés

StageRouteKmInfo
Stage 1
Granja de la Moreruela - Tábara25,3
Stage 2
Tábara - Santa Marta de Tera22,5
Stage 3
Santa Marta de Tera - Mombuey27,5
Stage 4
Mombuey - Puebla de Sanabria40,5
Stage 5
Puebla de Sanabria - Lubián28,5
Stage 6
Lubián - A Gudiña25
Stage 7
A Gudiña - Laza34,5
Stage 8
Laza - Xunqueira de Ambía32,7
Stage 9
Xunqueira de Ambía - Ourense22,2
Stage 10
Ourense - Cea22,1
Stage 11
Cea - A Laxe37,3
Stage 12
A Laxe - Outeiro34,1
Stage 13
Outeiro - Santiago de Compostela16,7
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Castle of the Counts of Benavende
Built in the middle of the fifteenth century by order of the Count of Benavente, it served to defend Puebla de Sanabria from the invaders.

Castle of Monterrey
In this castle have been lodged the most important noble families of the History of Galicia. It dominates the town of Verín from its origins in century X.

Monastery of Carboeiro
It was built in the 10th century to originally house a community of hermit monks. It is currently in a state of ruin.

Gundián Bridge
A railway bridge that is, without a doubt, the element that dominates the landscape in this last stage before arriving in Santiago.

Walking: 13 Stages / 369 km

Stage 1

Etapa 1 Camino Sanabrés
  • Length: 25,3 km
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Stage 2

Etapa 2 Camino Sanabrés
  • Length: 22,5 km
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Stage 3

Etapa 3 Camino Sanabrés
  • Length: 27,5 km
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Stage 4

Etapa 4 Camino Sanabrés
  • Length: 40,5 km
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Stage 5

Etapa 5 Camino Sanabrés
  • Length: 28,5 km
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Stage 6

Etapa 6 Camino Sanabrés
  • Length: 25 km
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Stage 7

Etapa 7 Camino Sanabrés
  • Length: 34,5 km
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Stage 8

Etapa 8 Camino Sanabrés
  • Length: 32,7 km
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Stage 9

Etapa 9 Camino Sanabrés
  • Length: 22,2  km
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Stage 10

Etapa 10 Camino Sanabrés
  • Length: 22,1 km
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Stage 11

Etapa 11 Camino Sanabrés
  • Length: 37,3 km
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Stage 12

Etapa 12 Camino Sanabrés
  • Length: 34,1 km
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Stage 13

Etapa 13 Camino Sanabrés
  • Length: 16,7 km
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Cycling: 13 Stages / 369 km

StagesPathKmHardness
Stage 1Granja de Moreruela - Santa Croya de Tera47
Stage 2Santa Croya de Tera - Puebla de Sanabria67
Stage 3Pueba de Sanabria - A Gudiña53
Stage 4A Gudiña - Xunqueira de Ambía66
Stage 5Xunqueira de Ambía - Cea44
Stage 6Cea - Outeiro70
Stage 7Outeiro - Santiago de Compostela16
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